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Survey Research in Education

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Example queries:

What sources are available for teachers to use to learn the 'how-to's' of survey creation, as well as to learn the techniques of survey data compilation and analysis?

How can Internet-based communication formats, including electronic mail and the World Wide Web, be exploited for survey research in education?

What are methods and tools for surveying parents and other community members about their attitudes towards our school, including their opinions about our school's overall effectiveness?

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[Topical Overviews in Full-Text]

Designing Structured Interviews for Educational Research [1997] - adapted from "Using Structured Interviewing Techniques", General Accounting Office, Washington, DC: Program Evaluation and Methodology Division Report No. 10.1.5.

Hints for Designing Effective Questionnaires [1996] - Robert B. Frary


What Is a Survey? - American Statistical Association's Section on Survey Research Methods

How to Plan a Survey - American Statistical Association's Section on Survey Research Methods

How to Collect Survey Data - American Statistical Association's Section on Survey Research Methods

More About Mail Surveys - American Statistical Association's Section on Survey Research Methods [pdf]

Strategies for Improving Survey Turnaround - U.S. Department of Education

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Dynamic (i.e., Live) Searches of the ERIC Documents Database

The following search options employ the electronic Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors as the search interface for the ERIC documents database. If you would like to ensure a current bibliography of ERIC documents for any of the given sub-topics, then we highly recommend that you pursue this option. Also, once you have selected a search option, you may edit the given strategy to introduce concepts into the search to accommodate your specific needs; or, you can build an entirely new search strategy in the ERIC Search Wizard. For a short, highly selective bibliography, please see the Selected ERIC Documents Citations below.

  • Dynamic Search of the ERIC Database for Survey Construction & Research in Education

  • Dynamic Search of the ERIC Database for Methodological Issues & Problems in Survey Research

  • Dynamic Search of the ERIC Database for Internet-based Survey Research

Selected ERIC Documents Citations

Although less current and less plentiful than the Dynamic Search option (above), these selective bibliographies present ERIC documents citations that have been preselected on the basis of the thoroughness and/or authority and/or uniqueness that they reflect.

Instructions for ERIC Documents Access

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[Check your local library or bookstore for access]

	Braverman, M.T., & Slater, J.K. (Eds.). (1996). Advances in Survey
Research [Special Issue]. New Directions for Evaluation, 70.

	Cox, J. (1996). Your opinion, please: how to build the best questionnaires
in the field of education.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

	Dillman, D.A. (1999). Mail and electronic surveys: the tailored design
method (2nd ed.).  New York: J. Wiley.

	Fink, A. (1995). The survey kit. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

	[N.B. The Survey Kit consists of nine volumes that are also available
	individually. The kit provides guidance to the researcher for all stages of
	the process, from the design and construction of the survey to the final report.]

	Fink, A. & Kosecoff, J.B. (1996). How to conduct surveys: a step-by-step
guide (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

	Gray, G.A. (1999). Successful surveys: research methods and practice
(2nd ed.).  Toronto: Harcourt Brace.

	Herman, J.L. & Winters, L. (1992). Tracking your school's success: a guide
to sensible evaluation. Newbury Park, CA: Corwin Press.

	[N.B. Three appendices in Tracking Your School's Success offer sample
	parent, teacher, and student surveys regarding those groups' attitudes towards
	their school.]

	Newman, I. & McNeil, K.A. (1998). Conducting survey research in the social
sciences. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

	Thomas, S.J. (1999). Designing surveys that work!: a step-by-step guide.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

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American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group on Survey Research in Education [SIG-SRE]
AERA is the premier professional organization for education-related scholarly inquiry; AERA's SIG-SRE is developing A Primer on Survey Research that will be posted online in full-text upon completion. We also recommend SIG-SRE's Survey Research Related Links.

American Statistical Association's Section on Survey Research Methods
Coverage of this ASA section ranges from the theoretical foundations of sampling to the practical logistics of survey data collection, analysis, and reporting to ethics in survey research.

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Publication Notes:
Created: August 11, 1999
Last Revised: August 12, 1999

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